During its peak in early January, anywhere from 60 to as many as 200 Quadrantid meteors can be seen per hour in ideal conditions. Those in Europe could wind up seeing the most meteors, which can range from 60 to over 100 during flawless conditions. While most meteor showers have two-day peak, Quadrantids only peak for a few hours, so plan accordingly.
"A lot of meteor showers last days - the Quadrantids last a few hours", NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told Space.com.
Don't give up hope if you don't live in those areas. That said, the best viewing times will be between midnight and dawn.
Quadrantid showers are special for their fleeting beauty. That's because the Quadrantids' namesake constellation no longer exists - at least, not as a recognized constellation.
The meteor shower is called the Ursids, because the meteors seem to radiate from the constellation Ursa Minor. This particular asteroid is 2003 EH1, which takes 5.52 years to orbit the sun once. "The Perseid meteor shower is often considered to be one of the best meteor showers of the year due to its high rates and pleasant late-summer temperatures", NASA says.
The Qaudrantids are expected to be visible in the early hours of tomorrow morning. As Earth's orbit passes through the debris, the bits of rock and ice collide with the atmosphere and burn up, creating bright streaks in the night sky.
Right out of the gate 2019 has some celestial moments that are sure to help you start your year off right.
'Lie flat on your back with your feet facing northeast and look up, taking in as much of the sky as possible. Find out what time to see it on Time and Date.
What's coming in 2019Super blood moon: The most-viewed cosmic event of 2019 will occur January 20-21 as the moon turns red during the year's only total lunar eclipse.